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CAS workers to seek help from foster parents at information picket Wednesday

Oct 16, 2007 10:11 AM
 

Stratford, Ont. - Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society workers will hold an information picket at 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, October 17, at Army Navy and Air Force Hall, 151 Lorne Avenue East, Stratford, to raise awareness of a pending strike over deteriorating working conditions and management’s concession demands in contract talks, including the refusal to pay vacation leave for workers returning from maternity leave.

"We are here to let the foster parents know the struggles we are facing, not just at the bargaining table but on a daily basis," said Laurel LeBeau, president of CUPE 1427. "We are seeking their help to stop a strike that will hurt the children and families that we serve in our communities. CAS management is not listening to our concerns and we are hoping they will listen to the foster parents." The agency is hosting a ‘Resource Banquet Appreciation Dinner’ for foster parents from the community who provide shelter and assistance to children in need.

Who? Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society workers and their supporters.

What? Information picket by CUPE 1427 membersat the ‘Resource Banquet Appreciation Dinner’ for foster parents from the agency.

When? Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 pm.

Where? Army Navy and Air Force Hall

151 Lorne Avenue East

Stratford, Ontario.

The 90 workers face a potential strike or lockout at the end of this month. Mediation talks are scheduled for October 22 and 23. "We want management to come back to mediation and do what it takes to resolve all the issues," said LeBeau. Outstanding issues include heavy workloads, low wages and management’s concession demands.

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For further information, please contact

Laurel LeBeau, President CUPE 1427, 519-891-0057

Jennifer Kaufmann, CUPE National Representative, 519-433-1753

James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999

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